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So we can all post status updates, now, huh?  Heh!  Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before deviantART would have been turned into the artist's Facebook.  Sheesh... -_-
  • Mood: Tearful
  • Listening to: Carrie Underwood - Jesus Take the Wheel
  • Watching: Who Wants to be a Millionaire
  • Drinking: Water
This is a sad day for me and my family.  This week, on a tuesday afternoon, my dear uncle, Donald Dearolf, had died of lymphoma.  He's been battling it for sixteen years now, and this year, he had taken turn for the worst.

Last week on Sunday night, I got to see him while he was still in hospice, and he would drift in and out of sleep.  My mom and sister were there, along with my cousin, Kate, and my Aunt Sue.  (We affectionately call her Uncle Shue, on account of how many uncles we have in our family.)  Sue and Kate are Don's wife and daughter, respectively.  Anyway, there was also my oldest cousin, Joel, my Uncle Bill, Kate's by-then fiancé, Doug, and a few other people my uncle knew.  While he was napping, we all told stories about how he shaped our lives, and made them wonderful ones.  I gave my uncle my golden clover for good luck.  It's a solid gold four leaf clover that's big enough to fit in the palm of your hands.  (Or is it just gold-plated?  Eh, who cares, I still like it.)  My mom gave it to me as a good luck charm, and I kept it hopes that one day, my dreams would come true.  I knew it was only a matter of time before his time would come, but I still thought it'd be a nice way to comfort him during his struggle.  When we left, my mom told me how proud she was of how well I managed to keep it together.  And to tell the truth, I felt pretty proud of myself, too.

While my uncle was still in hospice, Kate and Doug got married, and she gained two stepdaughters in Amanda and Ally.  Amanda's the oldest of the two, and just like me, she's an Otaku!  Ally looks an awful lot like Kate with glasses, hair and all.  But anyway, the wedding was wonderful, and the dinner at Loxley's was superb.

Then on Tuesday afternoon, my mom called and told me the sad news.  My uncle's time had run out, and soon, he died.  The few people I knew were there were her, my dad, and Uncle Shue.  Dad texted me and told me he was there to witness him moving on to meet with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Much to my surprise, Uncle Shue was happy.  But it all made sense to me when my mom said it was because his suffering had finally ended, and he at last, he's moved on to the Great Beyond.

I didn't cry when I first heard that my dear uncle passed away.  But hours went by, and tears started to form in my eyes.  To say I was crying was an understatement; I was bawling like a baby in my sister's guest room.  She and my brother-in-law came in to comfort me, reminding me that our uncle's finally free from his suffering, and that he's moved on to a better place.

Now that I'm home, I've decided to spend as much time as I can with my mom.  Nothing's wrong with her, but my uncle's passing made me realize that I should spend as much time with my family and loved ones as possible.  And while we're all planning for my uncle's funeral, I'll always remember him for who he was before his lymphoma got worse: a talented artist and wood carver; a loving husband and father; a caring uncle; a kindhearted soul; a man with strong willpower.

Rest in Peace, Donald Dearolf.  Amen.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Drinking: Water
Well, I've finally gotten over my funk with my family, so everything's fine. I've been asked to look after my sister's pups last week while she and her husband were in Baltimore, so I had no problems there. Actually, my sister just took a flight to Nashville to attend to a funeral and get a new leased car. Apparently, Rachel Bradshaw -- daughter of Terry Bradshaw -- got married this year, and months later, her husband died in a car accident. So last night, before they left, I asked my sister to send Rachel my condolences, considering we've been friends since she introduced me and our mom to her.

As far as the conflict between my mom and my brother-in-law goes, she's gonna basically back off and I'm just gonna be on neutral grounds with him and my sister until he's ready to let her into his life. (He still has some issues he needs to take care of, himself, so I'll just be as patient with him as I can.) Unfortunately, that means my mom won't be staying over at my sister's place, anymore, except for occasionally brief visits, which is too bad, considering how much the pups love her.

So anyway, with all that said, I'm just gonna ride down the road of life, and hope everything ends up alright in the end. Sorry for worrying those who read my previous journal, I realize now that most family squabbles aren't worth running away from. Thank you to those who taught me that lesson, and I'll see you guys next time.
  • Mood: Pity
  • Drinking: Water
Well, on Friday night, I found out my sister's moving to Baltimore because, apparently, my brother-in-law can't keep going back and forth from Lancaster to the Southwest Airlines in Baltimore. (He works there as a flight attendant.) They're planning on moving to a small apartment in five months, after their lease is up, so we'll still have enough time to spend together before they move, and she promised to help me learn to rely a little more on myself. But she said that my mom wasn't taking it too rationally. I don't remember the reason she gave me as to WHY she was behaving this way, but I knew it had something to do with my brother-in-law.

When I got home, I had to help my mom lift a few things to the top of her van and tie them up to keep them secure. (She does craftshows for a living.) All of a sudden, my brother-in-law and sister's move to Baltimore came up, and she started telling me her side of the story. She said that she tried to apologize to him about misjudging him, and wanted to make amends with him, but when he read the email, he said to my sister that it wasn't enough. You see, he has serious issues with things not going his way, and he pretty much made it clear that he doesn't want anything to do with my mom at all. He has a lot of growing up to do.

After a while, I just lost it! I broke down crying, not knowing which side I should take. It seemed to me that I couldn't trust anyone in my family anymore. I don't expect too much from anyone, but all I want is to live in a peaceful environment, and this conflict between my mom and my brother-in-law just isn't helping me at all! So come the start of Sunday, I don't think it'd be a good idea to have anything more to do with anyone in my family. I love them, but I just can't be with any of them! Not while that awful brother-in-law of mine still holds that grudge against my mom!

I try not to be selfish in my everyday life, but this time, for my own good, I think it'd be best to make a selfish decision and stay away from my entire family; at least until both are willing to bury the hatchet, and FINALLY make peace. If not, then to them, it's goodbye... forever.
  • Mood: Tearful
  • Listening to: Carrie Underwood - Jesus Take the Wheel
  • Watching: Who Wants to be a Millionaire
  • Drinking: Water
This is a sad day for me and my family.  This week, on a tuesday afternoon, my dear uncle, Donald Dearolf, had died of lymphoma.  He's been battling it for sixteen years now, and this year, he had taken turn for the worst.

Last week on Sunday night, I got to see him while he was still in hospice, and he would drift in and out of sleep.  My mom and sister were there, along with my cousin, Kate, and my Aunt Sue.  (We affectionately call her Uncle Shue, on account of how many uncles we have in our family.)  Sue and Kate are Don's wife and daughter, respectively.  Anyway, there was also my oldest cousin, Joel, my Uncle Bill, Kate's by-then fiancé, Doug, and a few other people my uncle knew.  While he was napping, we all told stories about how he shaped our lives, and made them wonderful ones.  I gave my uncle my golden clover for good luck.  It's a solid gold four leaf clover that's big enough to fit in the palm of your hands.  (Or is it just gold-plated?  Eh, who cares, I still like it.)  My mom gave it to me as a good luck charm, and I kept it hopes that one day, my dreams would come true.  I knew it was only a matter of time before his time would come, but I still thought it'd be a nice way to comfort him during his struggle.  When we left, my mom told me how proud she was of how well I managed to keep it together.  And to tell the truth, I felt pretty proud of myself, too.

While my uncle was still in hospice, Kate and Doug got married, and she gained two stepdaughters in Amanda and Ally.  Amanda's the oldest of the two, and just like me, she's an Otaku!  Ally looks an awful lot like Kate with glasses, hair and all.  But anyway, the wedding was wonderful, and the dinner at Loxley's was superb.

Then on Tuesday afternoon, my mom called and told me the sad news.  My uncle's time had run out, and soon, he died.  The few people I knew were there were her, my dad, and Uncle Shue.  Dad texted me and told me he was there to witness him moving on to meet with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Much to my surprise, Uncle Shue was happy.  But it all made sense to me when my mom said it was because his suffering had finally ended, and he at last, he's moved on to the Great Beyond.

I didn't cry when I first heard that my dear uncle passed away.  But hours went by, and tears started to form in my eyes.  To say I was crying was an understatement; I was bawling like a baby in my sister's guest room.  She and my brother-in-law came in to comfort me, reminding me that our uncle's finally free from his suffering, and that he's moved on to a better place.

Now that I'm home, I've decided to spend as much time as I can with my mom.  Nothing's wrong with her, but my uncle's passing made me realize that I should spend as much time with my family and loved ones as possible.  And while we're all planning for my uncle's funeral, I'll always remember him for who he was before his lymphoma got worse: a talented artist and wood carver; a loving husband and father; a caring uncle; a kindhearted soul; a man with strong willpower.

Rest in Peace, Donald Dearolf.  Amen.

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Andrew Charles Hager
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Shell of choice: Say what?
Wallpaper of choice: Uhh... you'll have to wait until I upload it.
Skin of choice: Uh... Caucasian?
Favourite cartoon character: Darkwing Duck, Ash, Pikachu, Brian Griffin, Peter Griffin, Leomon, BlackWarGreymon, Gatomon, Renamon, Daffy Duck, etc.
Personal Quote: Dare to be stupid.
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V-pal97 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
Thanks for the fave! :)
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D-Blue02 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, buddy!
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V-pal97 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
:D
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SnowingInAdelaide Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch!! X3
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D-Blue02 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime.  I'd be more than happy to vote for you, but I don't know where to cash it in.
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coda-leia Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey hi ! :wave:
Thanks a lot for the devwatch ! :D
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D-Blue02 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime.  :)
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CartoonFanaticDude22 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, dude.
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D-Blue02 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, man, how've you been?  Sorry I took so long to reply, I had my hands full.
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Good.
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